Cody McKenzie is coming off his first professional loss on his resume, having been defeated by Yves Edwards earlier this year.
For McKenzie (12-1), though, the fight wasn’t the first time he felt the taste of defeat.
“I didn’t really have to get over it (the loss),” McKenzie said. “It was my first career loss on record, but I lost in (The Ultimate Fighter) house, I lost an amateur fight, I lost to my brother my entire life. I have been beat up my entire life.
“You just have to deal with it. It sucks, nobody wants to lose. But in a sport like this, someone has to win and someone has to lose.”
McKenzie will get a chance to get back on the right track September 17 when he meets Vagner Rocha at UFC Fight Night: Shields vs. Ellenberger.
“I know he’s a ground guy. He likes to sub people out, I guess,” McKenzie said. “Truthfully I don’t know much about him, I watched a tiny bit of video on him. I know he’s 6-2 and a world-class ground guy supposedly, but overall I’m not too worried about who he is or what he does. I’m gonna go in there and do my thing, go in there and beat him up.”
McKenzie has been known as a guillotine-guy, having recorded 10 of his career 11 wins by guillotine choke. The other victory came via triangle choke.
“I fight the same way I have fought my entire life,” McKenzie said. “If the guillotine comes, it comes. I don’t go in looking for it; I go in there looking for a fight. I am just going in there to win and finish that guy (I am facing).”
The McKenzie-Rocha fight is set for the prelims. Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger are the scheduled main event for the card, which will be televised by Spike TV.